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Frequently Asked Questions about Franchising

For those looking to break away from the 9-to-5 corporate life and transition into business ownership, franchising offers an attractive opportunity. Not only does it eliminate most of the guesswork of starting a company from scratch, but it also ensures established products, streamlined operations, and a proven business model. To help potential franchisors learn more about entering the franchising industry, the International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG) provides a membership-based franchise consulting network to guide aspirants.

We answer the top Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about franchising here so that you can make an informed decision about this life-changing journey.

Q1: What is franchising?

Franchising is a business model in which an established brand or company (known as the franchisor) licenses its trademarks and business practices to third-party entities (the franchisees), who then run and manage their own outlets of the franchisor’s business. A franchisee pays the franchisor an initial fee, as well as ongoing royalties, in exchange for access to the franchisor’s business resources, such as its trademark, operating manual, marketing materials, and business systems.

Q2: What are the types of franchising?

There are two primary types of franchising: business format franchising and product franchising. Business format franchising is the most common type of franchising, and involves the franchisor providing a comprehensive list of business services to the franchisee, such as training, site selection, and operational guidance. Product franchising is less popular and usually involves the franchisor licensing the franchisee to sell a particular product or line of products.

Q3: What benefits do franchisees have?

Franchisees benefit from the established resources that accompany a franchised business. The franchisor provides the franchisee with access to their trademark and business systems, which can save a franchisee a significant amount of money and time otherwise spent creating a business from scratch. Additionally, franchisors typically provide franchisees with ongoing support, such as operational and marketing guidance. As a result, franchisees are able to tap into the knowledge of the franchisor’s experienced team and leverage existing relationships with customers and vendors for the benefit of their own franchise.

Q4: What are the drawbacks of franchising?

The major drawback of franchising is the limited autonomy it provides to franchisees. Franchisees are required to adhere to strict operating requirements, making it difficult for franchisees to differentiate their offering from competitors. Additionally, franchisees are subject to rules and regulations imposed by the franchisor, so they must balance their own interests with the interests of the franchisor and the other franchisees. Furthermore, franchisees typically have a long-term contract with the franchisor, and they are typically required to pay high franchise fees and royalties.

Q5: What is the process for becoming a franchisee?

The process of becoming a franchisee involves various steps. It begins with researching the franchisors that you are interested in and reviewing the terms of their franchise agreements. Then you should conduct due diligence to learn more about the franchisor’s market performance, financials, and distribution channels. After conducting due diligence, you should discuss the agreement with the franchisor and negotiate the terms. Once the agreement is finalized, you will have to formally apply to the franchisor, who will review your application and determine whether you qualify as a franchisee or not.

Q6: What is the IFPG?

The International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG) is a membership-based franchise consulting network with more than 1,300 franchisors, franchise consultants, and vendor members who guide aspiring business owners through the process of identifying and investing in franchise businesses. Its purpose-driven mission is based on integrity, ethics, and collaboration, and its programs have set it apart from other franchise broker firms.





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